From plums to prunes

July 24, 2015 by Marilyn

Did You Know?Clipart of plums
–In 2000, prunes were renamed to “dried plums” because the name “dried plums” appealed to a broader audience than the name prune.
–Select plums which are smooth, plump, and firm with a little “spring” when given a light squeeze.
–If unripe, ripen plums at room temperature. When ripe, store plums in the refrigerator.

Purchasing tips and more information about plums can be found on our website.

Choosing healthy snacks

July 22, 2015 by Marilyn

Baskets of various vegetables

Enjoy vegetables as a healthy snack!

Children need help in learning which foods are healthy for their bodies. Many children identify foods by taste. If a food tastes good it must be good for you!

However, some foods that taste good are not very healthy for our bodies. So choose foods that taste good and are also good for you! Healthy foods include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.

The Healthy Snacks Fact Sheet-08-38 has tips and information to encourage your child to choose and eat healhty snacks.

Watch those tomatoes in summer heat

July 20, 2015 by Marilyn

A reader asks, is it always necessary to cut down tomato plants in the early summer? Read this week’s gardening column in the Review Journal!

Free mulch available at Research Center

July 17, 2015 by Marilyn

Residents loading mulch

Free mulch at the Research Center.

Back by popular demand is the community mulch pile. This is coarse, organic wood mulch chipped from trees removed in the Las Vegas community.

This coarse mulch will not blow under high winds and allows good water and air penetration to the roots. It will decompose in a couple of years, adding organic matter to your soil, lowering the soil pH and encouraging soil microorganisms and worms.

Organic Mulch pile

Organic compost pile at the Research Center.

Along with the mulch, organic compost is available $3 per 5 gallon bucket and $15 per tractor scoop. The Research Center and Demonstration Orchard is located in North Las Vegas.

A Dozen Ways to Stretch Your Back-to-School Budget

July 14, 2015 by Marilyn

Budget spelled out in blocksThere is no doubt that we are living in tough economic times. With the cost of gas increasing and grocery bills on the rise, families need to watch how they spend their dollars. The end of the summer means a flurry of shopping activity for many families as they prepare their children for the start of another school year.

The question is: how can families stretch their school shopping dollars? This is a good opportunity to help children understand how to determine their needs, make decisions, understand the value of money, and a few budgeting basics.

Twelve suggestions that may help families conserve their time, cash, and energy while shopping for back-to-school items.